After three promising victories, the Marlins couldn't figure out Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, dropping the series finale 4-1. De La Rosa's 73rd career Rockies victory put him atop Colorado's all-time wins leaders among starting pitchers.
Dan Haren also pitched well aside from a rough first inning of work. That first inning saw a leadoff homer come from Charlie Blackmon and a two-run shot by Nolan Arenado. Haren struggled to get ahead in the count that inning, which brought his pitch count up to 37 before retiring Ben Paulsen for the first out.
The first inning woes continued on the offensive side. Dee Gordon led off the frame with a slap single to left, but was immediately picked off trying to steal second. That play was followed by the injury of Martin Prado, who stumbled over the glove of Paulsen and fell after reaching base on Arenado's error. Prado is listed as day-to-day with a right shoulder sprain and his lack of presence was felt later in the game.
His replacement, Donavon Solano (.178 AVG, .213 OBP) came up in both the fifth and seventh innings with runners in scoring position. In the fifth, he flew out to end the inning. The seventh inning began with a De La Rosa walk to Jeff Baker. Thanks to the 'fastest catcher in baseball', the Marlins avoided a double play with J.T. Realmuto's blinding speed. Then, Ichiro Suzuki came in to pinch hit and did the most Ichiro thing possible. His bloop to center put the first Marlins run on the board. Dee Gordon followed that up with an infield single, giving Solano a chance to redeem himself. However, he grounded out to end the inning.
That was the last of the Marlins' serious threats as they went on to lose to Colorado for just the second time in seven games this year. Although allowing only one hit after the first inning, Dan Haren picked up the loss, moving to 6-3 on the year. De La Rosa's seven innings of four hit, one run ball gave him his historic 73rd win as a Rockie and fourth on the year.
Although the Marlins dropped this one, solid pitching led them to three wins this series. Tomorrow, they will begin a four-game series (two home, two away) with the Yankees starting at home. Tom Koehler (4-4, 4.00 ERA) is scheduled to take on Masahiro Tanaka (4-1, 2.58 ERA) in the first game tomorrow at 7:10.